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On Saturday the 28th of January at 13.00 hours the medical clinic Asclepion will hold an official opening ceremony and a cutting of the cake event. Everybody who wants to attend is welcome.
A speech will be held and there will be some surprises. Anybody who wants to help the people in Syria can donate money in the box that is available from Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Bits and pieces

There are not many cows on Skopelos but we spotted these two beauties in a olive grove. We took a drive over the island and spotted many broken trees and branches all over the island from the recent snowfall. A lot of people are pruning and burning the parts of the trees that broke of off but there is still a hell of a lot to do. Not everybody who owns land is on the island at the moment so a not so pleasant surprise will be waiting for them. We saw severals truck with firewood. When a tree is down you can go and cut it. Free wood.

Work on the water reservoir in Loutsa has started again. We spoke to a worker from there and he said that it will be able to hold rainwater after it is finished. We will believe it when we see it.

All in quiet in Panormos. A part of the central road was opened and work was done there for sewage and water provisions. The road need to be fixed though before the first tourists arrive.

A part of a ceiling in the elementary school in Skopelos fell down and the school was closed for a week until the ceiling was fixed and the engineers looked at the school and the various building issues there. For now a statement is given out by the engineers that the children can attend the school but in a meeting with the mayor, parents and the parent’s board it was decided that an engineer team from the province would come to the island and survey all the schools on the island. This should happen on a regular basis but is not done. Islands are the last on the list or responsibility is not taken for signing of on a survey like that.

Restaurants that are open in Skopelos are Ta Kymata/Angelos with live music on Saturday. Kyratso’s kitchen, Ampeliki. In Elios Vangelis. If anybody knows more about the restaurant situation please let us know.

Agnondas

At the back of Agnondas quite a bit of land was taken away by the force of the water in September 2015. Part of the wall are being rebuilt and reinforced.

The lemon trees and many other fruit trees were damaged on the island. They bear fruit that is very ripe so lemonade, jam and preserve recipes were taken out of the recipe folder again!

From Susan; Another way to use them is slice them and put into a jar. Add olive oil and coriander seeds. Keep for 3 months or so and use with chicken dishes, North African or middle eastern recipes….. Delicious!!

The crowdfunding project to raise money to organize the Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth in July/August of this year was successful again. We raised the money that was needed and with 40 backers, $8,380 was pledged. The organizers of the festival want to thank everybody who has donated very much for their donation. We thank you for your continuing love for the island and its inhabitants. Words are not enough. We hope we can make you proud again this year with wonderful films, amazing directors and children!

Below is a thank you note from Jill Somer

Hello Everyone,
I apologize for my late response to your incredible generosity. We got hit by a terrible snowstorm and it has been difficult to get back to a regular routine. Finally, the kids are in school as of tomorrow, the water and electricity are back on so we are up and running again! It does make this year’s theme of Mother Earth even more important because we would like to teach the kids some survival skills.
Just prior to our snowstorm of the century, we visited Elena and Adonis’ farm. This couple created a beautiful spot in an area called Loutsa where they are producing their own food through planting gardens, fruit trees and raising farm animals. They also have a donkey that may or may not be able to work because he has one eye. The farmer that owned him wanted to give him away because he wasn’t sure he would be useful. Elena thought he would be a great addition to the farm so they took him in. It is such a wonderful example of what can be done in Skopelos with the land being so rich. This is one of the places we are going to try to take the kids during the educational part of SIFFY. Here are a few images to give you an idea of this amazing place.

I want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your amazing contributions. The money will all go towards a good cause. We are going to start inviting filmmakers in the next two to three weeks and then we will know how many kids we can accommodate. We hope to have as many kids as possible because we hate to say no!
Look out for some amazing films this summer. I have a feeling this year is going to be off the charts great!
Thanks again,
Jill Somer
Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth (SIFFY) http://www.skopelossiffy.com

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A photograph of a couple of days ago, the town beach covered in snow. The ducks were swimming in the small lake that always forms itself between the shore and the sea.

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A photograph we took from the Kastro area. This a quite a few days after the big snowstorm on Tuesday.

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School will start again tomorrow, Tuesday the 17th.

The animals need extra food because they were without food for a couple of days. All the trucks, tractors etc. are on the road working to get the snow under control. High trees had a lot of snow on them and broke. A orange tree had several branches that were broken so we collected the oranges. Still a lot of snow on the road but everybody is working very hard to remove it.
Many people have started to cut the broken branches of trees and simultaneously they collect the wood for the fireplaces and wood burners.

They are coming

jan-2017

With a slight delay we present the new schedule of the Asclepion clinic